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~ Saturday 1st December 2012

...and lots of it. I measured around 70cm of fresh snow at the top of Arolla ski area yesterday. Slow going skinning up breaking trail - it was a welcome relief when the piste machine caught up. 

Interestingly there have been lots of slab avalanches on shady slopes, a good reminder that the early season snow is often pretty unstable. For a refresher on avalanche training the Ortovox Safety Academy booklet is as good a summary as I've seen. It's also available online.